Meet the new standard of defensive medicine - diffusion tensor imaging:

The new imaging technology is only present in a few dozen research hospitals and not yet available to the average patient. But it already has far-reaching implications for those with head injuries because it can detect abnormalities that an MRI can't. Doctors will also be able to see more precisely how different drugs act on the brain and ...

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Should one always screen for cancer, no matter what the age?

In a video recorded deposition played for the jury, Melser said he probably would have ordered a biopsy if Lindall had been 70 instead of 80.

"The defense was that it is OK not to tell an 80-year-old man that he might have prostate cancer and offer him the chance to be biopsied because the treatment would not ...

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Disturbing: Bodies of fetuses and newborns are clogging sewers in Zimbabwe.

Every doctor should work as a waiter. "I hear many complaints from my fellow residents at the retirement home where I now live about the poor service they get from their doctors. What I hear sounds inexcusable to me: Doctors don't listen, doctors don't spend time, doctors are always hurried, doctors don't return phone calls, and on and on.

I believe I know how to solve the problem. ...

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Dr. Charles, with another fascinating story: The Curious Case of Mr. Black.

A defensive echocardiogram would have spared this doctor a lawsuit:

Attorneys on both sides seemed to agree that the case largely hinges on whether Razzak should have ordered an echocardiogram, a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart.

"When you don't order the echocardiogram, that falls below the standard of care," said Brad Rhor, one of two attorneys representing Orr.

Defense attorney ...

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Is defensive medicine reaching the NBA?

Cardiologist Dr. Barry Maron of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation told ESPN.com that he will recommend to team doctors that every team replace the standard electrocardiograms (EKGs), which can detect an irregular heartbeat, with echocardiograms, an ultrasound that allows a doctor to study the size of the heart and the strength of the heart muscle.

Echocardiograms, which are not invasive and are ...

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It costs more to see a car mechanic than a doctor.

Non-medical, but cool: The best optical illusions on the internet. (via Eye on Vision)

Get your kids away from those home paper shredders.

"Spread those little butt cheeks." Dr. Moser has a rather crappy day at the office.

Would doctors sue if a loved one were injured by malpractice?

NEJM - There is no clear benefit from giving calcium pills to healthy post-menopausal women:

In the new study, the participants were randomly assigned to take 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 400 international units of vitamin D a day, or to take placebos, and were followed for seven years. Researchers looked for effects on bone density, fractures and colorectal cancer. The lack of an effect on colorectal cancer over ...

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PhRMA on drug samples:

According to Johnson, restricting the free samples given to doctors would be "unfortunate and could negatively affect patients who rely upon the $16 billion worth of medicines distributed each year," which "often serve as a safety net." He added, "We believe that pharmaceutical companies should not offer or provide anything to doctors that would interfere with the independence of their prescribing practices," but, "[c]learly, pharmaceutical marketing ...

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When a hospital puts profits before quality:

It seems that Dr Carmody's practice has not generated as much revenue for the hospital, as the Physician Services had hoped, by this time.

NorthCrest Medical Center has a reputation in surrounding communities, of not having quality physicians.

Perhaps they should look closely at what may be one of the reasons. Maybe they should consider trying to keep quality doctors ...

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Some are calling for a free-market in organ donation:

Two US doctors have suggested the sale of organs such as kidneys should be legalised to meet the rising demand.

They said bids to increase the donor pool were failing, and a black market in organ sales was booming.

Writing in Kidney International the pair said, while it remained a taboo, legalisation should be considered.

A pilot study is testing whether abortions at home are safe:

In a medical abortion, a woman takes a tablet of the drug mifepristone under supervision before returning two days later to take four pills of misoprostol which leads to a termination within a few hours.

The pilot project in southern England represents the first time staff have offered the service outside a hospital setting.

How the Vioxx litigation is pushing around the NEJM:

Earlier Monday, Dr. Gregory Curfman, executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, said there had been a connection between the first federal Vioxx trial in Houston and the timing of his journal's publication of an editorial critical of a study used as evidence in that trial, reversing earlier statements . . .

. . . Curfman said the ...

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The first doctor who treated the Cheney gunshot victim wanted to send him home:

According to the afternoon daily, located about 60 miles from the shooting site, the first doctor to treat Whittington immediately after the Saturday shooting contended that his wounds were superficial and not in need of further hospitalization.

"If it were just a normal citizen, he would have sent him home with antibiotics," said Ofelia Hunter, ...

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A useful cancer drug, where cost is prohibitive:

Doctors are excited about the prospect of Avastin, a drug already widely used for colon cancer, as a crucial new treatment for breast and lung cancer, too. But doctors are cringing at the price the maker, Genentech, plans to charge for it: about $100,000 a year.